Many of us, not all, on this forum are caretakers of our relatives with schizophrenia. No easy task by any means. There are days when this job is physically and emotionally draining, and others when it is rewarding. On those days where I want to tear my hair out, like when I have to hear about my daughter’s many thoughts, or experience her OCD symptoms and need to run the daily errands, I want to retreat and hide. And of course, I ask, why am I doing this.
There are other pros of being a caretaker. I can make sure my daughter is medication compliant, monitor her diabetes, and know where she is most of the time. I take care of her because she is my daughter, I love her, and if I, as a parent feel horrible because of her illness, I can’t imagine how she must feel with the limitations placed in her life by this cruel illness.
What do you do when you are exhausted from caretsking? What do you enjoy from it?
Since I retired, I do take a couple hours a day for myself, exercise classes, the gym, book clubs and yoga, and that helps a lot.